I recently had the good fortune of dining amongst a great crew of individuals, most of whom are working on social design and entrepreneurship initiatives throughout the city of Detroit. The gathering was hosted by Juliette LaMontagne of Project Breaker and Susie Wise, K12 Lab Director at the D.School.
I continue to ride the fence on whether or not I believe American designers should be working on “90%” work, that is design for those working on less than $2 a day, in places far from home, in cultures we ourselves will never inhabit, etc, etc. I really don’t know and remain indifferent. But be that as it may, I have long been an admirer of Frog Design, largely for their cross-sector approach to design for social innovation.
Embrace what’s eccentric about your community.
– John Waters
An article recently appeared on good.is, entitled Rebrand Your ‘Hood for Good. There is much to garner here particularly if you happen to be one in the great mass of millennials seeking to ‘be the change’ in your city, town, neighborhood, whistle-stop, etc. (And lets face it…who isn’t these days?)
If you grew up anywhere near Flint, as I did, you’ve probably been to the Flint Local, (and likely to see your brother or your brother’s best friend’s band play).
A very good short read from Neeraj Mehta on what to measure and how to measure when working in the realm of creative placemaking. Mehta poses the question: For whom are we trying to benefit when implementing our creative placemaking strategies? He posits that the criteria on which to judge the success of placemaking should not only involve increasing the vibrancy of neighborhoods, but also on achieving equity. This is a question I think about often, particularly as I witness the increasing signs of development taking place throughout areas of Midtown and Downtown Detroit. Whom are these strategies aimed to benefit?
Trade dollars for experience. Choose something that’s going to offer great experience over something that pays twice as much money – at least until you’re 30.